Our attorneys have defended countless clients against shoplifting charges in Ocean County with much success. The lawyers on our defense team have experience that spans over 100 years combined, including time serving as county and municipal prosecutors in Brick, Jackson, Manchester, Toms River and Stafford. We are obviously highly acquainted with the court system and offer a unique option for defending any shoplifting charge. Contact our Office to speak to an attorney about the complaint for retail theft you are facing. A lawyer will gladly conduct a knowledgeable review of your case and provide you with the counsel you need. Ocean County Shoplifting Offense Under N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11An individual commits a shoplifting offense under N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11 if they engage in the following conduct with the intention of permanently depriving the merchant of their property:
- Takes possession, transfer or carry away merchandise;
- Conceals merchandise;
- Alters, transfers, or removes any label, price tag or symbol of value on any merchandise;
- Transfers merchandise from the container in which it is displayed to another container;
- Under-rings the value of goods; or
- Removes a shopping cart from the premises of a store or retail establishment.
The prosecutor must establish beyond reasonable doubt that you committed one of these six acts with the purpose of permanently taking the goods or merchandise in question.
Prosecutors are permitted to aggregate the value of stolen merchandise in determining the grade of shoplifting to be charged. For example, if an individual is arrested for stealing items at three different stores in one continuing incident, the value of the merchandise can be added together to compute the degree of crime.
The maximum fines that may be imposed for shoplifting are $150,000, $15,000, $10,000 and $1,000 for second degree shoplifting, third degree shoplifting, fourth degree shoplifting and a disorderly persons offense for shoplifting respectively. Brick NJ Shoplifting AttorneysShoplifting is a very common charge in Ocean County although it can have life-altering ramifications. If you or someone you know has been charged with a shoplifting offense in Lakewood, Berkeley, Lacey, Seaside Heights, Little Egg Harbor or another municipality in Ocean County, the attorneys at Marshall Bonus Proetta & Oliver can help you reduce or eliminate these charges. Our criminal lawyers have been successfully defending shoplifting offenses in this county for decades and have the skill necessary to prepare an effective defense. Do not face a shoplifting violation without the benefit of a knowledgeable attorney who is committed to your case like those at our firm. A lawyer is ready to help you now at (732) 286-6500.
Marshall Bonus Proetta & Oliver, 250 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ 08753, represents clients charged with shoplifting in Toms River, Jackson, Brick Township, Manchester, Stafford, Lakewood, Berkeley, Lacey, Seaside Heights, Little Egg Harbor and elsewhere in Ocean County.
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